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The Real Cyber WarThe Political Economy of Internet Freedom$
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Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039126

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039126.001.0001

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Information Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy: A History

Information Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy: A History

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(p.27) 1 Information Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy: A History
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The Real Cyber War
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Shawn M. Powers

Michael Jablonski

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039126.003.0002

This chapter traces the history of U.S. information policy, focusing on four illustrative case studies that reveal a consistent pattern of utilizing a narrative of the freedom of information to bypass state boundaries and sovereignty. After discussing the connection between information and commerce, the chapter considers each case in more detail. The first case examines the U.S. challenge to British communications hegemony in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the second explores the view that U.S.-backed ventures to build up underdeveloped countries constituted a policy of creating new markets for U.S. products; the third focuses on the use of international structures such as the International Telecommunications Union and UNESCO by developing countries to assert grievances arising from a misbalance of power in world communication structures; and the fourth case deals with the formation of ICANN as a U.S. policy. This chapter links the debates over international communication to geopolitics, highlighting the various ways international institutions and partnerships are leveraged, selectively, to support American foreign policy goals.

Keywords:   information policy, commerce, International Telecommunications Union, ICANN, freedom of information, sovereignty, international communication, geopolitics, foreign policy

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